Now that the season is here, footballers' Instagrams have taken on a whole new meaning. Gone are their tourist pictures from summer holidays to Ibiza and summer tours of Asia. In their place, we've got a look into competitive football from behind the scenes. That means we've been treated to players going to and from training, players on the treatment beds and players sharing inspirational messages about the season ahead.

Other than that, though, this has been the week that Gary Cahill was outed as the UK's most unlikely sneakehead, players all over the world got hyped up about the NWA film, and Mario Balotelli celebrated his 25th birthday. What a week.

Here are the 25 best football pictures of the week on Instagram.